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Anthem of the Seas Visits Maine

Sarah Bretz

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Portland, Maine’s largest cruise ship of the season stopped by on Sunday.  Anthem of the Seas docked there, sending its thousands of guests into the streets for a day of fun in the sunny city.

Unsurprisingly, the massive vessel dominated the harbor, and obscured most of the city’s waterfront when viewed from the Casco Bay Bridge.

The world’s 5th largest cruise ship was visiting Portland for the first time.  “It is definitely tremendous,” said artisan Steven Hall, who peddled his goods on the sidewalk near the port.  The $940 million ship is based in Bayonne, New Jersey and features over 2,000 staterooms, 18 decks, and an observation capsule that takes guests 300 feet over the ocean.

The ship’s arrival kicked Portland’s cruise season into high gear, as these northeastern cruises become increasingly popular as the foliage begins to turn into dazzling bright colors during autumn.  The city of Portland will host cruise ships 76 times this season, with 28 in September and 18 in October.

Anthem of the Seas was docked on Sunday until about 7 pm, when it sailed away headed for Bar Harbor.  It will visit Portland three more times this year; twice next month and once in October.

Information: Portland Press Herald

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